Horseback Riding Gear

If you already involved with the fabulous sport of horseback riding, or are a novice interested in learning more, you’ll need to have some information on what to wear to make the most of your experience. There are various styles of appropriate apparel and gear for several different categories of horseback riding including the Equestrian and Western riders and even Polo Players and Racers. Browse online to find all of the items discussed here and many more including special gear for your horse too.


This style of horseback riding apparel has come quite a long way over the decades. In addition to the standard wear for competition, there are also beautifully made champion and show jackets with intricate beading and other details along with ear and hairnets with decorative crystals sewn in. There are also many new styles of helmets and seasonal clothing that’s available, as well as special safety gear. Technical show shirts come in several colors and are sewn with fabrics and threads that not only give that performance edge look, but also allow for maximum comfort and mobility so the rider can concentrate solely on their horse and performance.


Jeans, boots and denim jackets are what mostly come to mind when thinking about riding horses western style, but there’s actually a wide assortment of clothing designs to choose from. You can get ranch and outerwear that is either present-day or classically styled in old-west fashion, consisting of dusters, chaps, hats and vests. There is also custom-made, one of kind apparel items for shows and events that even include hand-made, leather-tooled pieces for your horse. You can check out vintage, re-enactment clothing items and there is even beautifully-made western rider wedding apparel available for those horse lovers that are planning a real, cowboy-style ceremony.

Polo Players

For the adventurous riders involved in the exciting and sometimes dangerous sport of Polo, special apparel is available that is designed with both style and safety in mind. Finely-made, leather riding boots come in a variety of styles that are both comfortable and also made to assist your balance and overall abilities while taking part in this activity. State-of-the art helmets are being made that are more streamlined and ergonomically designed. They are also lightweight and smaller than the older style helmets and provide maximum comfort and protection so you can focus more on your game.


Caps and custom-made jackets and ‘silks’ are all available online also. Lots of companies that sell these items will incorporate your special colors and logo into your apparel to help you and your horse look your absolute best when making your way onto the track.


Horseback riding is a sport where the rider has a ‘head forward’ position. Horses can be unpredictable and since your head is usually one of the first things to hit the ground during a fall, wearing a helmet is an excellent idea because it will protect against certain head injuries should you be thrown or lose your balance and fall off your horse. As a matter of fact, after the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard for riding helmets was introduced in 1990, studies by the US Pony Club showed a drop in the number of horse-related head injuries. Additionally, the United States Combined Training Association (USCTA) statistics show a drop in the number of head injuries since the standard’s implementation became more widespread also.

According to professional horsemen, a question they sometimes get asked is why a rider can’t just wear a bicycle helmet – they look so similar. Well, although bicycle helmets are similar to horseback riding helmets in appearance, they aren’t manufactured with the same specifications as riding helmets. The big difference is the padding inside them. Most bicycle helmets have padding to protect the top of your head and are filled with foam for comfort and a certain degree of protection. However, a horseback riding helmet provides added protection to the back of the head and the sweatband area of the helmet as well. Additionally, horseback riding helmets are tested by the Safety Equipment Institute (SEI) specifically for horseback riding related accidents.

If you’re at all familiar with Equestrian shows and competitions, you’ve seen the riders wearing their helmets. This is a very popular accessory for English style riders, however it is also a mandatory standard for competition, and the helmets the riders wear must meet the specific safety requirements.

There’s a wide variety of helmets to choose from. There are lightweight, vented helmets that are especially good for beginners because they’re very comfortable. There are also helmets in many new, sleek styles that are available in an assortment of trendy colors. Some have dials to adjust the size and others come with different types of fabric coverings and removable anti-bacterial liners so you can wash them. And of course, there are the traditional, fancy black velvet helmets that are perfect for the show ring.

You’ll want to purchase a helmet that meets the ASTM/SEI standards, particularly if you are a competition rider. Just so you know, many stables that offer lessons also require a helmet, especially at the beginner level. There are numerous online resources that sell horseback riding helmets. Browse around and check out the different styles and prices that are available.